Ayuo Workshop of Open Tuning and Alternate Tuning Guitar and songs in English

2019 / 01 / 08 (Tue)
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Casa Mozart - Harajuku
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Ayuo Workshop of Open Tuning and Alternate Tuning Guitar and songs in English


Trial Lesson: 1500 Yen for the first lesson

3500 Yen (including Tea) per lesson from the second lesson onwards

Ayuo was raised in New York City, and speaks perfect English. Ayuo is a professional musician, composer, lyricist, vocalist and guitarist with over 18 solo albums released in Japan and the US, mostly on major labels such as Epic-Sony, JVC Victor, and others. Ayuo's profile is below.

Tuning a guitar to a chord is called Open Tuning Guitar. It virtually turns the guitar into a new instrument, letting you play exciting sounds which are impossible in a standard tuning (EADGBE). There are also many alternate ways to tune the guitar to create complex sounds without straining your fingers.

Blues guitarists, Hawaiian slack key guitarists and many guitarists of traditional European and Latin American guitar music have used open tunings and other forms of alternate tunings to create their own unique sounds. Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Richard Thompson, Keith Richard, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine are among the well known players, who have created great music with open tunings.

And yet it is not at all difficult to play.

Joni Mitchell, who had weakened left hand due to polio that she had in her childhood, became one of the greatest to develop open tunings for the guitar. Open tuning allowed her to form the chord shapes she couldn’t have played otherwise. Complex Jazz chords feature prominently in her open tuning guitar, and she went on to play with many legendary Jazz performers such as Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheney, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius and many others with her ubique method of tuning and playing the guitar.

Many guitarists can create a more larger, deeper and vibrant sound by tuning down their guitars. Joni Mitchell, who is said to have used no fewer than 57 tunings often compared it to a full orchestra. 

There are still only a few players of open tuning and alternate tuning guitar in Japan, and Ayuo is one of its unique performers. Ayuo has performed open tuning guitar on many major albums since the 1970s.

 Ayuo will teach a a one new song in a group lesson.

Beginners are welcome!

None of the songs chosen are difficult to play.

Please bring an acoustic guitar or nylon string classical guitar. There are no amps for electric guitars. Even very cheap guitars can sound good in open tuning.


Here is playlist on youtube of Ayuo playing open tuning guitar.


Here is a playlist of many different guitarists including Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, My Bloody Valentine and others playing guitars in open tuning.


Every 1st Tuesday, every month from 8PM – 9:30PM

Please check this homepage for any changes in schedule.


Charge: 3500 Yen (including Tea)

Reservations & Information

email: info-cmma@casamoz.org

FAX: 03-3497- 1833

Tel 03-3402- 1756

(Email or Fax is preferred because on busy performance days, the staff may not have the time to pick up the phone.)




Ayuo is a professional musician, composer, lyricist, vocalist and guitarist. Ayuo has over 18 solo albums released in Japan and the US, mostly on major labels such as Epic-Sony, JVC Victor, and others. Ayuo was educated in New York City, and during his childhood, met and talked with many artists, writers and musicians, such as Yoko Ono, Toru Takemitsu, Yukio Mishima, Shuji Terayama, Tadanori Yokoo, Seiji Ozawa, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Donald Richie, and was influenced to start writing poems and stories, and later to set them to music.

Solo albums by Ayuo were released from 1984 onwards on Epic-Sony, JVC VIctor, MIDI Records, Tzadik, Zipangu, Seoul Records, Belle Antique, FOA Records, PSF Records. Ayuo has worked with the producer David Lord (producer for Peter Gabriel, XTC and others), the guitarist-composer Carlos Alomar (band leader of David Bowie's band from the late 1970s to the late 1980s and composer of the hit song "Fame"), and the producer musicians John Zorn and Bill Laswell and many studio musicians who regularly perform with Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Elton John and others.

Most of these CDs can be seen and bought on Amazon by searching the name Ayuo. Reviews of Ayuo's CDs in English can be seen in the following link: 


A detailed profile and discography can be found in English on the following wikipedia page:


Ayuo's interviews of well known musicians such as Bill Brudford (King Crimson, Yes) and John Cale (Velvet Underground, composer of Andy Warhol's films) in English can be seen here:


Ayuo composed music for many NHK TV documentary programs and TV commercials "Border Line", directed by the award winning Korean-Japanese film director, Lee Sang-il in 2002, features music performed alone by Ayuo. In the 2013-2014 season, the English contemporary dance company toured England with a 20-minutes dance composition with music composed by Ayuo, performing in halls such as Sadler's Wells Theatre.

Live House

Live House:
Casa Mozart
3rd Floor, 1-10-23 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Address (Japanese):
東京都渋谷区神宮前1-10-23 3階
Map link:
Closest stations:
Harajuku, Meiji-jingumae
Casa Mozart


5-minute walk from JR Harajuku Sta.
2-minute walk from Subway Meiji-jingumae Sta. (Exit 5)

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